Nurse Coaching through a Nursing Lens: The Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching
The roots of nurse coaching began with the legacy of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), and her words continue to inspire us today (Dossey, 2010; NIGH, n.d.). The Nurse Coach role and nurse coaching are a fundamental part of nursing practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), and 19 other professional nursing organizations have officially recognized the Nurse Coach role, and in 2013, the ANA published The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching:T he Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (Hess et al., 2013). Written by six members of the AHNA, this book defines and explains the Nurse Coach role within the context of the ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition (ANA, 2010). In addition, the Nurse Coach role also integrates the Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition (AHNA & ANA, 2013).
The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC, n.d.) has also recognized nurse coaching through a Nurse Coach Certification process that began in 2013. With the growing role of nurse coaching, holistic nurses are challenged to explore integrative health and wellness coaching through our nursing lens. What nursing theories guide your nurse coaching practice? How do you describe the role of Nurse Coach and integrative nurse coaching to clients and other nurses or interprofessional colleagues? The International Nurse Coach Association (INCA, n.d.) was established in 2010 to explore these questions and further expand the Nurse Coach leadership role and voice. The Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching™ was developed as the organizational framework for INCA’s 96-hour Integrative Nurse Coach™ Certificate Program. Below is a brief overview of the supporting theory and Integrative Nurse Coaching.